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In conjunction with the exhibition "The Art of Ancient Greek Theater"

At the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa

Thursdays, October 14, 21, and 28, 2010

October 11, 2010

LOS ANGELES—The Getty presents Artists and Performance in Athens and Magna Graecia, a three-week course examining the fascinating relationship between the visual and performing arts in ancient Greece. The course will be lead by Mary Louise Hart, associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and curator of the exhibition The Art of Ancient Greek Theater.

During the gallery course, Hart will lead in-depth classroom and gallery lectures and discussion, which put ancient Greek theater and the art representing it within the historical context of Athens and the colonies of South Italy and Sicily, in which it was produced.

In Session One, Hart will address the role of theater in the lives of the ancient Greeks, the performance of theater in the cult of Dionysos, the evolution of drama from choral performance, and the power of the performance mask. Session Two explores the phenomenon of tragic iconography painted on massive kraters, which was used in a men's drinking ritual known as the symposion and later deposited in burials. Session Three uncovers the fascinating world of ancient comedy and its representation as actual performance through brilliant artistic caricature and parody.

In addition to Hart's extensive knowledge about ancient theater, this gallery course will also offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the exhibition The Art of Ancient Greek Theater came together, from choosing themes to installing works of art in the galleries.

Artists and Performance in Athens and Magna Graecia takes place on Thursdays, October 14, 21, and 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms. The course is open to 40 participants and the fee is $40. For reservations call (310) 440-7300 or go to


Session 1: Actors, Mask, and the Chorus—Thursday, October 14

Session 2: Tragedy and Iconography—Thursday, October 21

Session 3: Comic Parody, Artistic Ingenuity—Thursday, October 28

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Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7304

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